Exhibition Review AGO

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An Indian Act, 1 of 6 sculptures. 1997. Paper. The Indian and Inuit Art Centre, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) Aboriginal Art Collection

“You just have to look at Maria Hupfield’s moccasins made from pages from the Indian Act, or Nadia Myre’s beaded-over pages of the same document, or Bonnie Devine’s diptych photo-textual piece about signatories to the Robinson Huron Treaty to know that “dialogue and negotiation” has, at best, an ironic resonance for these artists. One of the recurring themes of the new exhibition, Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes, is that “negotiated” documents have often damaged indigenous lives, and that real dialogue with non-natives and government seldom occurs.” 

Current review The Globe and Mail on “Before and After the Horizon : Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes Region” Art Gallery of Ontario, July 26th – November 25th 2014, by Robert Everett-Green, 20.03.14. See link:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/art-and-architecture/anishinaabe-artists-rock-the-ago-in-bold-new-exhibition/article20134592/

For more info on the exhibit see link:

http://www.ago.net/before-and-after-the-horizon-anishinaabe-artists-of-the-great-lakes

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